The Route to Reconciliation was created by ‘Artikel 1 Midden Nederland’ (Art.1 Central Netherlands) in collaboration with partners from the city and supported by a subsidy from the Municipality of Amersfoort. The aim is to ensure that groups which feel excluded from society are given an opportunity to restore this ‘disconnect’ with others. We do this on the basis of symbols which exist in the city. Often, these symbols represent the past. This past may be considered as the ‘glory days’ by some but others may view the same past with a sense of pain and exclusion.
Reconciliation (Noun.) Pronunciation: /ˈrɛk(ə)nsʌɪl/ [vər’zunɪŋ]
RECONCILE – (reconciled, to have reconciled)
Restore friendly relations between, settle (a quarrel), make or show to be compatible, (reconcile someone to) make someone accept (a disagreeable or unwelcome thing).
With the Route to Reconciliation, Art.1 MN hopes to contribute towards expanding understanding in society. To explore why some people are more sensitive about certain topics than others. And to ensure, on a local level, that our city actively works on creating space for understanding, reconciliation and respect for all other environments.
The Route to Reconciliation has been created by Art.1 MN in collaboration with many partners:
Gemeente Amersfoort, Archief Eemland, SDG Hub Amersfoort, Indebuurt033, Voedselkollektief Amersfoort, Stichting Herdenkingsstenen Amersfoort, Comité 30 juni/1 juli Amersfoort, Koloniaal Erfgoed Te Voet, Nathalie Cassée, Ralf Silvius, Ilana Sandelowsky, Miriam Fuselier, Tom de Wit, Team Art.1 MN, Bestuur Art.1 MN
Fotografie & Illustraties
The images included in the various routes have come from personal archives, the Archief Eemland or were created specially for the Route to Reconciliation. We would like to thank the persons below for providing photos and illustrations.
- The Meeting Path: Ralf Silvius
- The Keti Koti Path: Archief Eemland, Dirk Steenbeek, Archief Eemland, Johan Evers
- The Colonial Route: Archief Eemland, Dirk Steenbeek, Archief Eemland, Johan Evers, Ralf Silvius
- Route of the Guilds: Archief Eemland, Stichting Waterlijn Amersfoort
- The Route of Commemorative Plaques: Archief Eemland, Stichting Herdenkingsstenen Amersfoort, Monique Zwart, Leny Kluit-Waalewijn, Betty Rosa van Oss, Johanna Polak, Familie van Rooijen, Marc Mens, Familie Menko, Demi Temstra, Familie Salomon, Evi Kunneman, C.W. van der Neut
- The Farmers’ Route: Archief Eemland